Latest Abortion News

Tennessee group's billboard campaign hits hot topics

Jun. 1, 2020 3:20 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sexual and reproductive health advocacy group is launching a billboard and digital ad campaign intended to show how COVID-19 has exposed inequality, according to a news release. A billboard image released to media by Healthy & Free Tennessee reads, “End mass...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 file photo, a Planned Parenthood clinic is seen in St. Louis. Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday, May 29, 2020, that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of Planned Parenthood's St. Louis facility. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open

May. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis. Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa...

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open

May. 29, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis. Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa...

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo, Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. A group of physicians has asked a federal court to suspend a U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule that requires patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, May 27 in Maryland on behalf of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

May. 28, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Requiring patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill is needlessly risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of physicians allege in a lawsuit that seeks to suspend the federal rule. The federal lawsuit, which the American Civil...

Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions

May. 19, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s president has pardoned and ordered the release of 50 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the women released Tuesday were the last to be freed. Last year, President Paul Kagame ordered the release...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to reporters at a news conference in Washington. A federal judge on Thursday, May 7, 2020, rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure.

Judge rejects abortion clinic's bid to block virus test rule

May. 7, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller rejected the motion to prevent the state from enforcing the...

Judge blocks ordinance aimed at preventing certain abortions

May. 2, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee city's zoning ordinance that banned certain abortions. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson issued an order Friday preliminarily blocking enforcement of the ordinance in Mt. Juliet. The ordinance would have prevented abortion provider carafem...

Abortion clinic challenges Arkansas coronavirus testing rule

May. 1, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic on Friday challenged a state rule requiring coronavirus tests before elective surgeries, saying it's preventing women from having the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, which represents Little Rock Family Planning...

Appeals court: Tennessee must continue allowing abortions

Apr. 25, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Tennessee must continue allowing abortions amid a temporary ban on nonessential medical procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak. The ruling follows a U.S. District judge's order last week that abortions could proceed during the pandemic. The...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference on the coronavirus at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday, April 24, 2020, that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoes abortion legislation

Apr. 24, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. The measure cleared the GOP-dominated legislature in the waning hours of this year's legislative session. As a result,...